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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mystery Meal

Coming to you this Sunday from Kings' Daughters and Sons Home, I took a look at a word whose meaning is so transcendent that 2,000 years of speculation have drawn us little closer to understanding its meaning. It appears in both the Matthean and Lucan versions of the Lord's Prayer and will lead you into some interesting speculation about the loyalty you unthinkingly accord to your tribe in this time of horrific hatred on both sides of the political debate.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Mystery Meal, by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Consequences -- Reading Amos in America

Do you get the sense from some of the TV preachers that God is happy with the way we do things and only sticks around to congratulate us? How do you feel about the bumper stickers you so frequently see reading "God Bless America"? What does that mean to you?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Consequences by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lumettered Sayings -- Some thoughts on the Good Samaritan

Speaking this week from the beautiful pulpit of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Kentucky, the church in which I was raised and married, I found myself thinking about self-justification, the Good Samaritan, and a British monk of the fourth century named Pelagius.

Join the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Ky. for this week's sermon, Lumettered Sayings by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Chains That Bind Us

Archibald Macleish once said, "Religion is at its best when it makes us ask hard questions of ourselves. It is at its worst when it deludes us into thinking we have all the answers for everybody else". We, sinners all, are very prone to considerations of the sins of others, rather than the uncomfortable task of consideration of our own. Paul has some important information on how we are to treat transgressors.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Chains That Bind by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Gospel Plow

When Jesus had "turned his face to Jerusalem", he was waling into the jaws of a trap that he perceived from the first. His commitment was to the job before him, and that job would cost his life. From the perspective of such commitment, how must God feel when we offer lukewarm commitment?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Gospel Plow by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Poison

The attention of the world has been focused upon Orlando this week as we try to come to terms with the worst mass shooting in American history. The young man's offer of allegiance to some radical groups from the middle east has also focused us on what we are pleased to call "radical Islam", even though it now appears that the groups Omar Mateen was speaking of are hostile one to the other. It was as if, during World War II, someone had proclaimed his loyalty to both the Axis and the Allies. We are too quick to assume that we know who our enemy is, and much too quick to get self-righteous about it. It is the poison we feed ourselves.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Poison by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sola Scriptura

What are the differences between the concepts of faith, tradition and religion? What are their shared commonalities? Why do we do thing things we do?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Sola Scriptura by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.